Treatment of Parkinson's disease.Aust Fam Physician. 1995 Sep; 24(9):1685-7, 1690-2.AF
Early stage Parkinson's disease may be better left untreated if it does not limit motor function. Once limitation of function is present levodopa-dopa decarboxylase inhibitor combinations are the most effective therapy, although amantadine may be satisfactory for a time in milder cases. The optimal independent roles of the ergot derivatives bromocriptine and pergolide, and the MAOb inhibitor selegiline, are not yet generally agreed although they are accepted as useful in supplementing the effects of levodopa. With prolonged levodopa use various late-stage treatment problems may appear. The pathogenesis of these is poorly understood and no completely satisfactory ways of managing them are available.